Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. has returned to its roots with its latest concept vehicle: a compact pickup truck. The environmentally advanced A-BAT was developed by the TMS Advanced Product Strategy group and Calty, Toyota’s North American research and design center in Newport Beach, CA. The goal was to develop a compact vehicle with good fuel economy, advanced functionality and maneuverability in a durable package.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling. The truck’s lightweight construction is coupled with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for fuel economy. Translucent solar panels in the top surface of the instrument panel capture sunlight and convert it into energy.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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